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Expectations for Randy Moss reasonable? | NFL Fan Poll

Expectations for Randy Moss reasonable?

Updated: May 29, 2012

Veteran WR Randy Moss has made his return to the NFL for the 2012 season, joining the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners were sorely lacking in the wide receiver position heading into the 2012 season, and have added Mario Manningham to the mix along with Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree – a player who has yet to reach his potential. The early returns are in on Moss, and the results are glowing, but are the expectations surrounding Moss for 2012 reasonable?

There is no doubt that Moss is a freakish talent. He has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in ten of this thirteen seasons, scoring 13 or more touchdowns in six of those years. Despite his physical size and exceptional speed, Moss’ career in football hasn’t been without controversy, starting in college. Which version of Randy Moss will the 49ers see in 2012? Will it be the Moss who is capable of scoring double digit touchdowns, or the Moss who drops his pants and moons Seattle Seahawks fans? Will it be the version of Moss who recorded 47 touchdowns in three seasons with the New England Patriots, or the 2010 version who was passed around the league like a joint at a reggae concert? Moss became the first player in NFL history to play for three teams in one season.

Moss was a model citizen under Bill Belichick while a member of the New England Patriots. Moss averaged 83 receptions a season with the Patriots, but then again, he had QB Tom Brady throwing him the ball in a very prolific offensive scheme.  He won’t have that in San Francisco, he’ll have a quarterback who was about ready to be run out of town before the arrival of head coach Jim Harbaugh, with some ready to apply the ‘bust’ title to QB Alex Smith.

Smith posted a career year in 2011, starting a full season for just the second time in his career. Smith finished with the fewest interceptions (5) than any quarterback in the top 10, and had the lowest yard per attempt average (7.07) than any quarterback ranked in the top 15 passer last season. San Francisco finished the season averaging just 183 passing yards per game, ranking 29th in the NFL.

The addition of Manningham and Moss will go a long way toward improving the vertical passing game of the 49ers this season, but can Moss be counted on to play the entire season? Moss, 35, is returning to the league after sitting out the 2011 season. Several NFL teams were in need of receiver help this season, but Moss garnered little interest as a free agent, reportedly only working out for the New Orleans Saints other than the Niners. If Moss isn’t the focal part of the Niners passing attack or if he doesn’t get targeted enough in his opinion, will his broodish behavior return?

Jim Harbaugh and Moss’ teammates have glowing reviews about the veteran receiver’s talents and work ethic, currently. It’s possible that Moss has realized that the window for him to win a Super Bowl is closing and by joining the Niners he’ll have a good opportunity to do so.

San Francisco signed Moss to a one-year deal worth an affordable base of $1.75 million —  so the signing comes with low risk, high reward potential. Now it will be up to Jim Harbaugh to manage Moss on and off the field for this upcoming season. If Harbaugh succeeds, Moss could help the 49ers finally return to the Super Bowl next season.

(via thepigskinreport.com)


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